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Will Evans facilitates OffWorld: Definitely Maybe by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky

What: OffWorld Sci Fi Readers Club
The Book: Definitely Maybe  by Arkady & Boris Strugatsky, Translated by Antonina W. Bouis
Facilitated by: Will Evans, publisher, Deep Vellum Publishing
When: Thursday, July 24, 7 pm
Where: The Wild Detectives, 314 W. 8th St., Oak Cliff
NOTE: The Wild Detectives will have plenty of copies of Definitely Maybe on hand to sell before the reading series.

About Definitely Maybe: This is its first-ever unexpurgated edition, a sci-fi landmark that’s a comic and suspenseful tour-de-force, and puts distraction in a whole new light: It’s not you, it’s the universe! It tells the story of astrophysicist Dmitri Malianov, who has sent his wife and son off to her mother’s house in Odessa so that he can work, free from distractions, on the project he’s sure will win him the Nobel Prize. But he’d have an easier time making progress if he wasn’t being interrupted all the time: First, it’s the unexpected delivery of a crate of vodka and caviar. Then a beautiful young woman in an unnervingly short skirt shows up at his door. Then several of his friends—also scientists—drop by, saying they all felt they were on the verge of a major discovery when they got . . . distracted . . .Is there an ominous force that doesn’t want knowledge to progress? Or could it be something more . . . natural?
In this nail-bitingly suspenseful book, the Strugatsky brothers bravely and brilliantly question authority: an authority that starts with crates of vodka, but has lightning bolts in store for humans who refuse to be cowed.
Boris and Arkady Strugatsky were the greatest science fiction writers of the Soviet era: their books were intellectually provocative and riotously funny, full of boldly imagined scenarios and veiled—but clear—social criticism. Which may be why Definitely Maybe has never before been available in an uncensored edition, let alone in English.
ARKADY STRUGATSKY (1925-1991) was a specialist in Japanese literature and a translator of numerous books from Japanese into Russian. BORIS STRUGATSKY worked as an astrophysicist and computer expert until starting to write full-time in the 1960s, in collaboration with Arkady. The Strugatskys were the most acclaimed Soviet science fiction writers of the period, and their influence in both Russia and the rest of the world has persisted. The asteroid 3054 Strugatskia, discovered by Nikolai Stepanovich Chernykh in 1977, was named after them. ANTONINA BOUIS is the noted translator of many Russian writers, including Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Tatyana Tolstoya, Sergei Dovlatov, and Andrei Sakharov.

Will EvansWill Evans is the publisher/Executive Director of Deep Vellum Publishing. Their original translations  connect the world’s greatest formerly untranslated contemporary writers with English-language readers for the first time, including Russian Science Fiction. 

Click here for a very interesting interview with Will.




Christopher Carmona, Paul Koniecki, Isaac Chivarria

 Poets on X Series

A Summer Series hosted by Opalina Salas

When: July 19, 7 pm
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 W. Davis St. (Oak Cliff)

christopher carmonaChristopher Carmona is a Chican@ Beat poet. He was a nominee for the Alfredo Cisneros de Miral Foundation Award for Writers in 2011 and a Pushcart Prize nominee in 2013. He has been published in numerous journals and magazines. His first collection of poetry called beat was published by Slough Press and his second book, I Have Always Been Here is published by Otras Voces Press. Currently he is the organizer of the Annual Beat Poetry and Arts Festival, the artistic director of the Coalition of New Chican@ Artists (C.O.N.C.A.), and the coordinator of the Writers Live Series at the University of Texas at Brownsville.


Isaac Chivarria is on tour with Christopher: Los Dos Vatos Tour. Isaac is a pocho with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas-Pan American. He assists non-profit organizations in producing chapbooks for workshop participants. His poems are in The Acentos Review and Rio Grande Review online. His first book of poetry called Poxo won the NACCS Tejas Foco Best Poetry Book of 2013. Ultimately, he hopes the term pocho will represent a positive identity rather than a pejorative.  He is the Executive Director of The Coalition of New Chican@ Artists.


Born in back of the caretaker’s cottage at the Potosi Brewery in downstate Wisconsin, Paul Koniecki‘s humble beginnings are shrouded in mystery and yeast. Currently being held against his will in Fort Worth, Texas, his cries for help have been seen across the world and web at, Mad Swirl, Windy Hill Review, Kleft Jaw, Red Fez, The Fermoy International Poetry Festival, and many other places. Paul is the co-founder and co-host of The Pandora’s Box Poetry Showcase and on the staff of Mad Swirl.




Next Generation Writing and Performance Workshops 1st & 3rd Saturdays

1st Saturdays: 4-6 pm @ Half Price Books, 5803 E. NW Highway
3rd Saturdays: 4-6 pm @ Oak Cliff Cultural Center, 223 W. Jefferson


WordSpace Next Generation Project supports the development of young writers, presenting writing and performance workshops mentored by top Dallas poets and educators. The workshops are open to ages 13-19. Selected participants also have the opportunity to appear in WordSpace Salons alongside experienced writers. Traveling writers visit workhops as special guests and young writers are given opportunities to submit their work to publications and performances.


1236710_664084110288152_2000634296_nAtma Bhakti Yoga Center offers a weekly Monday night yoga class benefiting WordSpace Next Generation youth projects. Suggested Donation: $5-15. Mondays, 6:30, 6315 Lindsley Ave, Dallas, TX 75223 in East Dallas near Lindsley Park.

Taught by an Experience Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT  500 hour), this gentle yoga class culminates with a writing exercise and open floor reading by participants. Or bring your own rigorously self-investigative poems to share.




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